Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Big Book Haul

Okay, most of you probably don't know this, but I love reading (although I'm super slow). If you read my monthly favourites post, I almost always add in a book that I've read, and so for a bit of a different post from me today, I've decided to do a big collective book haul of books (a mixture of first and second hand) that I have been buying for ages but haven't got round to reading yet due to exams - but they finish next week and then it will just be me and books all summer (I promise I'm cooler than that sounded).

Malorie Blackman - Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Check Mate & Double Cross
These books belong to a set, which I have previously read when I was younger. I read them from the library, and so my mum actually bought me the whole set for Christmas as I said I wanted to reread them, as I couldn't remember them as much as I wanted to. This set got me into reading more interesting and thrilling books. They challenge the whole idea of racism and segregation in a completely unique way, which just keeps you wanting to read more and more. I have already started to reread these - I am about halfway through Noughts and Crosses and I cannot put it down.

Sebastian Faulks - Engleby & Where My Heart Used To Beat
During A Level English Literature, I had to read the book 'Birdsong', also by Faulks, and I loved it and so had to buy these to try them out as soon as I saw them. They seem to follow his style of writing - mysterious, compelling, moving - so I'm sure I'll love them.

Victoria Hislop - The Island
This is about Alexis, who is desperate to know more about her mother's past, and eventually does when she visits Crete and Spinalonga, a deserted Greek island. I really loved a similarly set book called 'The Beach', about a seemingly deserted island much like the sound of this one, and so I decided to try it out.

Kate Morton - The Forgotten Garden
This book starts in 1913, and ends two generations later in 2005 (I presume by the blurb). It all focuses on a secret garden in a house that was given to Nell's granddaughter, Cassandra, in her inheritance. It just sounds so intriguing and unusual.
'Before her eyes, the garden changed. Weeds and brambles, decades in the growing, receded. Leaves lifted from the ground, revealing paths and flowerbeds and a garden seat. Light was permitted entry once more...'

Hans Fallada - Alone In Berlin
Basically, I'm a bit obsessed with books set in Nazi Germany times, which this book correlates with. It is a thriller about a man named Otto who's son was killed at the front line. This pushes him to start resisting Hitler's regime, which starts a game of cat and mouse with disastrous consequences.

Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird
This book is quite old (1960s?) but I have not read it yet. I will admit, I mostly bought this book because only the top set in my year during GCSEs did it for English, and I was in the second set, and so I missed out on reading it, and I feel like I missed out. It is still classed as an amazing book that everyone needs to read, so I am obeying and I'm going to read it.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Midnight Palace
I bought this book because I have read a previous book by this author, 'Shadows of the Wind', which was really interesting and different (post here). This book is set in the past, first in 1916 and then in 1932, and it follows a family who seem to have a history of secrets, seeing as two twins didn't even know they were related until they were sixteen. Vogue has described it as 'Murders most foul, chilling crimes and dark deeds' - interesting.

A.S. Byatt - The Children's Book
This book again seems to follow a similar pattern to quite a lot of books I like to read - it is set in the past, Edwardian times, and contains mystery. I feel like life in the past was so mysterious, and families, especially rich ones, always kept secrets, which would never happen today and so it is nice to inject some mystery in to my life.

Monica Ali - Untold Story
This book seems to be about a famous woman who apparently died years ago, but has now been found in a different country, leading a different, more anonymous life. This book sounds like it will touch on the issue of fame versus normality, which is always something that interests me, and so I will hopefully enjoy it.

Kate Atkinson - Life After Life
This book's blurb honestly just caught my attention right from the first sentence:
'What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?'
An age old question that has been asked is 'what if...' - what if I got up earlier, what if I wore the other outfit, what if I miss the train - everyone always wonders, and I know that I always ask myself these questions and worry myself over stupid little things, and so I thought this book would be highly interesting and keep me gripped, and potentially even change my outlook on certain things. I mean, it has had many very good reviews and it won the Costa Novel Award in 2013, so it doesn't sound like it will disappoint, does it?

Would you be interested in more in depth reviews of these books once I've read them?

Roisin <3